The players realized the impact that their visit with the children could have, and Kendrick said he was glad to be a part of their All-Star experience."It's always great to give back to your community and to make an impression on little kids that look up to you -- and maybe one day are going to be watching you on TV," said Kendrick. "You may change their life forever, you never know, just by meeting you one time, it may make a big difference." After the reception, the children and their families headed over to PNC Park for a tour of the ballpark. Their first stop was the players' clubhouse, where they visited with Pirates CEO & Managing General Partner Kevin McClatchy. The kids also toured the batting cages, dugout, pressbox, club level, playing field and everything in between. They even got to sit in the dugout and then pose for photos on the field with their families. Jones was quite impressed with the view of the field from the players' perspective. He is looking forward to coming back on Sunday for the Futures Game, the Celebrity Softball Game and the rest of the events throughout the week. "It was probably six months ago when I asked for [the All-Star wish], they said they thought they could do it and they set it all up," Jones said. "I'm excited. I can't wait for everything to get started." Jones will be a pre-med student in the fall at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and will be on the JV baseball team there. Largely due to his experience with Hodgkin's Disease, which is now in remission, he plans to go into pediatrics or pediatric oncology when he finishes school. And then perhaps one day, it will be his turn to make other children's wishes come true.
Christie Cowles is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.